Friday, 1 May 2015

The Daily Teaser — 1-5-2015

You know, I have to admit, I’ve only got access to Freeview: the UK’s free-to-air digital TV service: the digital TV service is what’s replaced free-to-air analogue broadcasts.

And I have to admit, there’s times — rare ones — where I’m tempted by the various offers of some of the pay-TV services in the UK.

But then I remember something.

Bar Game of Thrones there’s very little on pay-TV services — that I know of — that I actually want to watch.

It would — quite literally — be a waste of money.

On a personal level, that mean’s just one thing.

Hoping HBO shifts over to Freeview.

Before I cause a diplomatic incident … !


But let’s get moving on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: AND scoring ten out of ten.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s May Day questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 1st May is May Day.   Traditionally, many will celebrate by dancing around a what?
Q2) May Day celebrations were banned by Great Britain’s Lord Protector: during England’s Civil War period.   Who WAS the Lord Protector?
Q3) May Day Celebrations were restored in 1660: when which king assumed the throne: James 1st, Charles 1st or Charles 2nd?
Q4) Many parts of the UK celebrate with a festival that features Jack in the … what?
Q5) A famous Jack features in the Sweeps Festival.   In which Kent town: Rochester, Rainham or Strood?
Q6) May Day is also International Workers Day.   The day was first International Workers Day was proposed in which year: 1889, 1890 or 1891?
Q7) May Day Parades in the Soviet Union saw the country’s leaders watch military parades in Moscow.   Those leaders would stand on whose tomb?
Q8) International Workers Day has been celebrated in South Africa: since which year of the 1990s?
Q9) Many devout Catholics will celebrate a noted female figure, on May 1st.   Which figure?
Q10) Finally … The town of Padstow celebrates May Day, with a ’Obby ’Oss parade†.   Padstow is in which English county?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 30th April saw President Richard M. Nixon take responsibility for — and deny being part of — the Watergate Affair.   In which year of the 1970s?
A1) 1973.
Q2) During his speech on the 3rd, he famously said “There will be no …” what, “… at the Whitehouse”?
Q3) Nixon announced his resignation in which year?
A3) 1974.
Q4) By the time of his resignation, President Nixon had made a famous diplomatic visit — in 1972 — to which Communist country?
A4) China.
Q5) What did the ‘M’ stand for in Richard M. Nixon’s name?
A5) Milhous.
Q6) The Watergate complex, itself, was in which US city?
Q7) The Scandal started when members of Nixon’s re-election campaign were implicated in a break-in at the complex: a break-in at offices run by which US political party?
A7) The Democrats.
Q8) Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of the ‘Washington Post’ wrote what’s considered the THE book on the Scandal: what was it called?
Q9) Nixon once said “Oh, when the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.”   Which British journalist and TV personality did he say this to?
A9) The late Sir David Frost.
Q10) Finally, which of Nixon’s successors issued a Presidential Pardon for him, in 1974?
A10) President Gerald Ford.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“At Bealltainn, or May Day, every effort was made to scare away the fairies, who were particularly dreaded at this season.”

Lewis Spence, British Fairy Origins.
And Padstow, by Steeleye Span … 

Enjoy the day.

*        I’m with you THERE, Debbi!   (Oh, sorry about two ten question sets in a row, there: the subjects were just looking at me … )

†        Apparently, Debbi, during The Parade, the ’Obby ’Oss — or Hobby Horse, if you want the Hs — is allowed to capture maidens.   The horse’s attendants are called Teasers: and AREN’T allowed to capture maidens.   I’m trying to work out who to complain to … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Let's see how I do. I'll be going kind of offline for a while. I need a break. :)

1. maypole
2. Oliver Cromwell
3. Charles II
4. Green
5. Rochester
6. 1889
7. Lenin's
8. 1994
9. the Virgin Mary
10. Cornwall